Pasta is believed to be an Italian invention but it is actually the Chinese who have given birth to the idea of noodles and is almost 4,000 years old. The Romans simply added their magic by replacing the base from rice flour ingredient to semolina flour. The making of pasta has still maintained the traditional methods except the usage of automation. The eight vital tips that you need to follow to get the exact consistency of the pasta are given below:
- To avoid a quick overflow don’t boil the pasta in a covered pot. Rather leave the wooden spatula in it to prevent any spill over.
- Before putting the pasta in the boiling water make sure you lower the flame so that the water bubbles are small. Big rolling boils break the delicate pasta like ravioli or tortellini.
- Even if you are in hurry never ever put the pasta in the water that has not reached boiling point as you will only get a gooey overdone noodle.
- Do not try and mix two different kinds of pasta and boil together. It is never a good idea since the cooking times are different. This can be experimented only if they are similar is shape and size. Penne and spaghetti mixed together also looks quite whacky.
- Though there is a little bit of debate as to if a little drop of oil in the boiling water before the pasta is put in prevents it from sticking but will surely not do any harm. It is a tried and tested method and can safely be implemented.
- You can rinse the pasta only when you are using it in a cold dish, otherwise it’s not advisable at all to do so after cooking. It is a myth that there is a coating of starch on the hot pasta that prevents the sauce from getting absorbed.
- Apply the pasta sauce immediately after draining the pasta. This is because the noodles cools down fast and starts sticking to each other. The sauce and the oil help to keep them apart.
- It is also important to adjust the cooking time well and time it when the water returns to boil. Most of the time they cook in 8-10 minutes. To check if it is done or not test after 4 minutes. Carefully watch the cooking process as it has a tendency to overcook. When eating, the pasta should be firm yet tender. Remember that pasta continues to cook and soften much after it is taken away from the water.
These cooking tips for pasta are applicable for all kinds of recipes and would surely give you the credit of being the authentic pasta cook!